Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation, the most ambitious programme ever implemented with a budget of €95.5 billion.
It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth.
The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting, and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.
It creates jobs, fully engages the EU’s talent pool, boosts economic growth, promotes industrial competitiveness, and optimises investment impact within a strengthened European Research Area.
Legal entities from the EU and associated countries can participate.
New elements in Horizon Europe
European Innovation Council: Support for innovations with potential breakthroughs and disruptive nature with scale-up potential that may be too risky for private investors. This is 70% of the budget earmarked for SMEs.
Missions: Sets of measures to achieve bold, inspirational, and measurable goals within a set timeframe. There are 5 main missions as part of Horizon Europe.
Open science-policy: Mandatory open access to publications and open science principles are applied throughout the programme.
A new approach to partnerships: Objective-driven and more ambitious partnerships with industry in support of EU policy objectives.
Horizon Europe programme structure
Horizon Europe is supporting an inclusive structure that widens collaboration and enhances research and innovation systems. The three pillars support the creation and diffusion of excellent knowledge, expected outcomes, including expanding access to research, improving economic opportunity, and innovating collaborative process.